Japanese Music List of Famous Bands from Japan

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List of Japan bands, listed by their level of fame. This Japan musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Japan bands are included, as well as many Japan musicians of underground status. This list of Japan musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Japan bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

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LOUDNESS is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Glam metal, Progressive metal, Rock music
Loudness is a Japanese metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Akira Takasaki and drummer Munetaka Higuchi. They were the first Japanese heavy metal act signed to a major label in the United ...more

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Boredoms is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Krautrock, Noise rock, Psychedelia
Boredoms is a rock band from Osaka, Japan. The band was officially formed in 1986. The band's output is usually referred to as noise rock or sometimes Japanoise, though their more recent records ...more

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Hyde is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Pop music, Pop rock, Alternative rock
Hideto Takarai, known exclusively by his stage name Hyde, is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. He is best known as vocalist for the rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel, as ...more

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Akira Takasaki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Rock music, Heavy metal
Akira Takasaki is the lead guitarist and founding member of the Japanese heavy metal band, Loudness.

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L'Arc-en-Ciel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, New Prog
L'Arc-en-Ciel is a Japanese rock band, founded in Osaka in 1991. The group has sold over 15 million records and were the first Japanese act to headline at Madison Square Garden. In 2003, they ...more

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Malice Mizer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Synthpop, Gothic rock
Malice Mizer was a Japanese visual kei rock band active from August 1992 to December 2001. Formed by guitarists Mana and Közi, the band's name stands for "malice and misery", ...more

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Avant-progressive rock, Psychedelic folk, Experimental rock
Ghost was an experimental rock group formed in Tokyo, Japan, in 1984.

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Ikimono-gakari is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
J-pop, Pop rock, Soft rock
Ikimono-gakari is a Japanese pop rock band from Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The group started in February 1999 with Hotaka Yamashita and Yoshiki Mizuno, and was joined by vocalist Kiyoe Yoshioka ...more

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Bleach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
D-beat, Punk rock, Thrashcore
Bleach was an all girl thrashcore trio from Okinawa, Japan. On June 10, 2009, Bleach announced on their website that they have disbanded. Their final album, Bleach Stone, was released on July 7, ...more

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The Pillows is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Pop punk, Power pop, Alternative rock
The Pillows are a Japanese alternative rock band formed in 1989. As of 2014, the group has released 19 original studio albums, several EPs and compilations, and over 30 singles. Outside Japan, ...more

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Sigh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Progressive metal, Symphonic black metal, Black metal
Sigh is a Japanese extreme metal band from Tokyo, formed in 1989. They are credited as being one of the first Japanese black metal bands, when the majority of black metal in early 1990s came ...more

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the GazettE is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
The Gazette, originally known as Gazette, is a Japanese visual kei rock band from Kanagawa formed in early 2002. The band is currently signed to Sony Music Japan's VVV Records.

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Hide is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Glam metal, Progressive metal, Rock music
Hideto Matsumoto, better known by his stage name hide, was a Japanese musician, singer and songwriter. He was primarily known for his work as lead guitarist of the heavy metal band X Japan, but ...more

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Luna Sea is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock
Luna Sea is a Japanese rock band formed in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1986. Due to the use of make-up and costumes early in their career and their widespread popularity, they are considered one of ...more

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Tak Matsumoto is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
Takahiro "Tak" Matsumoto is a Grammy Award-winning Japanese guitarist, producer, arranger, composer, singer and songwriter. In addition to being the guitarist and lead composer for the ...more

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Maximum the Hormone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Pop punk, Nu metal, Rock music
Maximum the Hormone is a Japanese rock band from Hachiōji, Tokyo. Their lineup has consisted of Daisuke-han, Nao, Maximum the Ryo-kun, and Ue-chan since 1999. Each member alternates singing lead ...more

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Tomoyasu Hotei is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Rock music, Music of Japan
Tomoyasu Hotei is a Japanese musician, guitarist, composer, singer-songwriter, producer. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Hotei has sold millions of albums and has collaborated with ...more

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Acid Mothers Gong is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Noise rock, Musical improvisation, Space rock
Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. is a Japanese psychedelic band, the core of which formed in 1995. The band is led by guitarist Kawabata Makoto and early in their career ...more

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Kagrra, is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Fusion, Rock music, Pop rock
Kagrra, was a Japanese visual kei rock band. They were originally signed to the now defunct Key Party Records under the name "Crow". The group changed its name when they signed to PS

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Ayumi Hamasaki is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music
Ayumi Hamasaki is a Japanese recording artist, lyricist, model, and actress. Hamasaki has achieved popularity in Japan and Asia by enforcing her position as an artist and not trying to be forced ...more

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Galneryus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
Galneryus is a Japanese power metal band, formed in Osaka in 2001 by guitarist Syu and vocalist Yama-B. Originally the only official members, the two utilized several support musicians until ...more

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Beat Crusaders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Pop punk, Rock music, Pop rock
Beat Crusaders were a Japanese rock band. During all promotional appearances, their faces are masked by drawings resembling themselves as printed by a dot-matrix printer.

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Sabbat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Thrash metal, Black metal, Heavy metal
Sabbat is a Japanese black metal band, formed in the early 1980s. On some releases, they showcase a more thrash and heavy influenced sound.

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Yellow Magic Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave
Yellow Magic Orchestra is a Japanese electronic music band consisting of principal members Haruomi Hosono, Yukihiro Takahashi and Ryuichi Sakamoto. For their early studio albums and live ...more

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Schwarz Stein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Japan
Synthpop, Electronic body music, Electronic music
Schwarz Stein is a Japanese visual kei electronic music duo formed by Hora and Kaya in 2001, who disbanded in 2004 and regrouped in 2014.